Rumori di Spogliatoio

Premium Liiga, Matchday 5: la moviola - Derby special

Angelo PalmeriComment

When in 1917 Iwan Serrurier founded the company Moviola he was probably not aware that the noun ´moviola´ would have entered the Italian football fans imagery once and forever.
He couldn´t imagine that hours and hours of football talk shows in Italy and elsewhere, would have been run on watching over and over again fragments of games in order to analyze whether it was a penalty or not, or if the forward was in offside or not.

For the English speaking World ´moviola´ is better known as ´slow motion´ or ´slowmo´.

At 'Rumori di Spogliatoio' we will analyze every week the controversial episodes involving referees' decision on the pitch


Nõmme Kalju – Levadia 0-0
(match report here and captioned photogallery here)

Few emotions at Hiiu Stadium and as a consequence Kristo Tohver had very little job to do compared to Romer Tarajev a week earlier.

We will analyse the three yellow cards shown in second half to Alo Bärengrub from Kalju and to Arsenij Buinickij and Ilja Antonov from Levadia

A catch in Heiki Naibi style as ETV commentator, Kristian Kalkun, righteously pointed out referring to the Estonian wrestler

A catch in Heiki Naibi style as ETV commentator, Kristian Kalkun, righteously pointed out referring to the Estonian wrestler

Bärengrub (69’)

Teever is physically overwhelming working a long ball with his chest. Bärengrub tries to stop him with his arms already but the Levadia’s nr.11 is stronger in the air. Once the ball is on the ground, Teever is quick in turning to run towards the box. Bärengrub can only resort to hold the striker’s body and make him fall as he cannot reach the ball any longer. The yellow card is the logical consequence.
 

Buinickj (81’)

Twelve minutes later it was Kalju captain dressing the role of the victim in an aerial duel with Lithuanian striker Buinickij. The latter, unable to win Bärengrub physically, resort to hitting or trying to hit (the strike does not seem that strong) Kalju’s captain with his left back-heel. As even the attempt at trying to hit an opponent shall be punished, Tohver took the right decision to sanction Buinickij frustration.

Antonov (89’)

In the dying minutes of the game, also Antonov made it to the referee notepad. It's a typical example of advantage given to the attacking team in a situation where one defending player is trying, unsuccessfully, to stop it.

Buinickij has one of the few initiatives shown by running fast towards Kalju’s box from the left side. Reintam is clinical in stopping him on the edge of the box before he could bring troubles. The Kalju’s defender is also quick in restarting the counterattack until Antonov pulls him down.

As Kalju keep ball possession, Tohver righteously opts to give advantage. When the counterattack is stopped by Subbotin challenging Kallaste, the match official stops the game and righteously books Antonov for the tactical foul.

 

If all the above decisions were correct, probably Tohver could have been a bit…tougher with Omar El-Hussieny and Tihhon Śiśov on 71’ minutes as their bitter duel on the touchline risked to degenerate.

That should always be yellow card regardless the foul committed that generated frustration

That should always be yellow card regardless the foul committed that generated frustration

El-Hussieny loses the ball in box in the attempt of going past Śisov who is keen in covering the ball movement and take the space away from the Pharaoh.

The latter, frustrated at the chance missed, pulls down the nr.77. The foul is quite evident as Omar grabs Tihhon left leg without taking care of the ball and Tohver spots that immediately.

However, Śiśov reaction is quite nasty as, from the floor, he tries to kick El-Hussieny’s chest with his right foot.

Whether he actually hits or just tries to, the same criteria which was applied with Buinickij later, it should have been applied with the nr.77: he tries to hit El-Hussieny, a yellow card shall be shown.

When Śiśov stands up, a confrontation follows between the two with El-Hussieny putting an hand on Śiśov face and the nr.77 hinting at a reaction under the referee’s eyes. 

Mr. Tohver opts to discuss with both of them whereas probably a couple of yellow cards each would have cooled them off for the remaining 20 minutes of game.


In fact, you can realize that they haven’t cooled off at all 12 minutes later (83’) when they have another face-off
 

Most of the episodes happened in the second half of the game, however, Kalju seemed to claim for a penalty in first half when a set-piece taken by Fabio Prates from 23 meters, hit the wall.

Apparently and according to the reaction of some Kalju players, the ball was hit with the hand by a Levadia player.

However, our exclusive picture could give a good explanation.

As you can see, all the players are looking towards Śmiśko thinking that the ball is going towards him, however, the ball has been blocked in the wall.

The ball hit Vunk, no penalty (click to enlarge)

Apparently and according to the reaction of some Kalju players, the ball was hit with the hand. Unfortunately the ETV replay does not clarify the episode.

Our exclusive picture could give a good explanation.

As you can see, all the players are looking towards Śmiśko thinking that the ball is going towards him, however, the ball has been blocked in the wall.
Even El-Hussieny, the only player who could have stopped hit, is looking towards that direction and in the development of the action he is not the first to clear the ball outside of the box (it is Podholjuzin).

The only one who could have blocked it is Martin Vunk who was trying to move El-Hussieny away from his space and make way for the ball.
He obtained the opposite effect.

No penalty.